My first verbal tick in Germany

Whenever I happen to spend an extended period of time in a country whose language I speak or simply understand well enough, I start using some common phrase or word I hear people using frequently. I usually acquire it either because I really like a word in the phrase, or in the case of a single word, I like the way it sounds and the facial expression that accompanies it. But after a while, it becomes really annoying to me because I’m saying it all the time and can’t seem to be able to control myself.

For instance, I remember that after I came back from my 10-month stint in the U.S. the tick was “yup.” Even though my friends were addressing me in Croatian (naturally), if I agreed with what they said my response would be a nod and a “yup.” It took me about a month to get rid of it, and I think some of my friends were slightly annoyed by then. 😀

After only 4 days in Belgrade, Serbia, I’d adopted “bre,” which roughly corresponds to the English catchphrase “like.” But that was because I find Serbian to be the funniest language ever.

I moved to Germany about 2 months ago and I noticed yesterday that my new tick is to say “Ach, so” (“I see”) in agreement/understanding with the speaker. I don’t know how long I’ve been saying it, and the only reason why I noticed it yesterday was that it’s starting to annoy me. Let’s see how long it sticks.

I predict that the next tick in line might be “nö” (vernacular form of “nein” = no).

9 thoughts on “My first verbal tick in Germany”

  1. Of all the words here in the States, we must say ‘yup’ too much. Oh, that’s terrible! But this post was interesting–I enjoyed it.

  2. I love the diversity of your blog and admire your dedication to books!
    Thank you so much for your follow and I look forward to following your posts, though I’m not twittering yet! 🙂

  3. Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m not much of a twitterer myself, so no worries there. 🙂 Looking forward to reading you, too!

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